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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Irish homelessness and mental health charities

Prince William and Kate Middleton spent some time with teenagers who have suffered with issues such as homelessness and mental health problems during their visit to Ireland.

The couple visited a number of Irish schools and charities where they spoke with fans and took part in some serious discussions, as well as some fun activities.

They spent some time at Kiltale National School in Co Meath, where the Duchess of Cambridge reminded youngsters of the importance of eating well and sleeping well.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Irish charity

The children listened as the royals spoke to farmers about sustainable farming.

Schoolgirl Rachel Mulligan told them: “Ireland has the best cattle in the world because they’re grass fed and not kept in sheds.”

The couple also visited Dublin based charity Jigsaw, which provides support to young people with mental health issues.

One teenager at Jigsaw spoke about meeting the royals.

Alex Rohan said: “It was surreal, you see them all over the media but to see them in person was crazy and they were so normal and chatted to us.”

Manager James Barry was very complimentary of the Duke and Duchess and singled out Kate for praise.

He said: “She has a real natural interest and put all the young people at ease.”

Click here to find out more about Jigsaw

William and Kate also spent time at Kildare charity Extern, which helps young people who are homeless or are battling with addictions.

They bought some groceries at a local shop and made some soup with children from the charity.

Click here to find out more about Extern

The couple started their day with a visit to Dublin’s Temple Bar, where hundreds of fans were queueing to see them.

One fan, Fiona Hickey, told the Irish Mirror that Kate was called an inspiration.

Fiona said: “I think it’s fantastic Kate has come to Ireland.

“I was lucky to be at their wedding, I travelled to London with one of my daughters, so I’m especially privileged to see them visit Ireland.

“And to visit a mental health charity which is so important to them and to all of us.

“I just love the royals in general, I’m particularly fond of William and Kate and the late Princess Diana. I actually flew over for Diana’s funeral too when she passed away.”

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